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Matthew Fisher talks about his spell against India Under-19 team in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014, his idols and lots more in conversation with Nishad Pai Vaidya.

Matthew Fisher is currently England’s leading wicket-taker in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014. The opening bowler uses swing to good effect and concentrates on pitching it up to the batsman and teasing him to his downfall. India found that out when he snared three wickets in no time to have them reeling in the first ten overs of their quarter-final encounter.

The 16-year-old is the youngest member of the England under-19 side, but has been a crucial part of their good run so far. In an exclusive interview with CricketCountry, he spoke about the spell against India, the areas he focused on and the upcoming semi-final against Pakistan.

Excerpts from the interivew:

CricketCountry (CC): What was your approach early on against India with the fog around and the cloud cover?

Matthew Fisher (MF): Just trying to do what I have been doing really! Try and hit the pitch hard and get a bit of swing. Obviously that helped. With the swing as well, that made me a ten times better bowler out there.

CC: You also pitched up. Was it that kind of a wicket?

MF: Yes. Thought it was a very slow wicket. The one on which we played Sri Lanka, the batsmen could come forward and play. The last two games we have played here [Dubai International Cricket Stadium], it has been a bit slower and you can’t really play your back-foot shots. I was a bit fuller, but as an opening bowler, you’ve to look for a few wickets. You got to be aggressive at the start with your length and your line and the wickets we got showed that.

CC: Was your wicket of Sanju Samson your best delivery of the day?

MF:  Yes, I have heard he is a very good player, which I am sure he is. At the end of the mark, I looked up and I thought, “What’s my best ball to him?” I pictured that in my head and went in to bowl it. Brilliant feeling!

CC: You maintained a tight line once you took those wickets. Was it difficult to find that consistency?

MF: After getting three early wickets, there can be a tendency to be too aggressive, bowl too many bouncers. But we did it perfectly. We knew that the Indians bat deep and we searched for more wickets. We thought, we should just settle in and hopefully, they will make a mistake.

CC: How did you start playing the game and where do you come from in England?

MF: I started playing with my brother as a young lad — with the tennis ball. And, I just progressed from there really. This was in Yorkshire.

CC: Who are some of your idols?

MF: I’d say Andrew Flintoff and then I’d say James Anderson. I try and swing it away from the batsman, and he is just canny with the way he bowls and sets batsmen up.

CC: Your thoughts going into the semi-final against Pakistan…

MF: Hopefully, we can go out there and come up with a good performance against Pakistan. We’ve played them a lot recently and we haven’t got any real result or luck against them. The lads are confident and want to get one over on them.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)

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